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Eoin O’Duffy: A Self-Made Hero

Fearghal McGarry


Eoin O'Duffy was one of the most controversial figures of modern Irish history. A guerrilla leader and protégé of Michael Collins, he rose rapidly through the ranks of the republican movement. By 1922 he was chief of staff of the IRA, a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood's Supreme Council, and a Sinn Féin deputy in Dáil Éireann. As chief of police, O'Duffy was the strongest defender of the Irish Free State, only to become, after his emergence as leader of the Blueshirt movement in 1933, the greatest threat to its survival. Increasingly drawn to international fascism, he founded Ireland ... More

Keywords: Eoin O'Duffy, IRA, Irish Republican Brotherhood, Sinn Féin, Dáil Éireann, fascism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226672
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fearghal McGarry, author
Lecturer in Irish History, Queen's University, Belfast